Friday, August 13, 2010


How to resolve 'Data Error (Cyclic Redundancy Check)' error message in Outlook 2003

A PST file is the lifeblood of Microsoft Outlook which stores e-mail messages, contacts, calendars, journals and other components. This vital PST file, however, can become corrupt in many instances like virus attacks, hard drive errors, improper system shutdown, application malfunction or if it's stored on a network. In all corruption cases, Microsoft Outlook displays various error messages and doesn't download e-mails, thereby, restricting you to perform any task related to it and the PST file. In such situations, you rectify errors associated with a corrupt PST file using the Inbox Repair Utility. If this strategy doesn't prove helpful, you have to rely on a professional Outlook PST repair application.

Consider a situation, wherein, you have to attend a business meeting. Before you attend the meeting, you want to have a quick look at the important e-mails in your Outlook account. You launch Microsoft Outlook 2003, and it starts downloading e-mails, after it gets through with downloading you receive the following error message:

"Data error (cyclic redundancy check)"

Additionally, after the error message you might not be able to access or view the downloaded messages. And, you might receive the following error code when you click Deleted Items folder:

Error 0x80040116


The major reason behind the above error message and behavior is a corrupt or damaged PST file.


You must observe appropriate PST repair steps in order to isolate the above error which includes checking your hard disk for possible errors and re-creating your PST file. Here are the details:

· Examining hard disk for errors

1. Go to Run, type cmd and press Enter.

2. Type chkdsk / f and press Enter

3. After chkdsk process is completed, exit the cmd prompt

4. Restart Outlook and if you still encounter the same issue then switch to next method

· Repairing PST file

1. Close your Outlook application

2. Locate your PST file and make a backup copy of it

3. Rename the PST file as OLD.pst

4. Employ Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) and repair the OLD.pst file

5. Create a new PST file and import data from OLD.pst file to the freshly created PST file

If the above steps do not help you achieve desired results and you cannot overcome the issue, you must consider using an advanced Outlook PST repair software.

One of the most efficient tools is Stellar Outlook PST Repair. You must download and try its demo version to get a glimpse of its recovering capabilities. This application recovers corrupt PST files and supports MS Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. Apt for both technical and novice users, this PST repair application restores all components of a corrupt PST file.

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